A group of brave gay rights activists are working to expose dangerous electroshock therapies still offered at Chinese hospitals purported to “cure” gay people.
The United Kingdom’s Channel 4 spoke to one of the activists named John. In the Unreported World documentary, John visits a clinic where a psychiatrist gives him some advice about changing his “condition.”
“When these urges arise, you can take a cold shower and go jogging to release the extra hormones from your body,” the psychiatrist says before going on to recommend drugs and a small electric rod as other useful methods.
“Your current conditioned reflex is when you see the same sex you feel love… Now what I want to make you feel is scared,” she explains.
Meanwhile, another activist goes undercover to another clinic where he is prescribed electroshock treatment.
These “gay conversion treatments” were ruled against in a landmark case in Beijing last year in the nation’s first ever “gay conversion” suit.
That case was brought against a Chongqing counseling center by an ex-client who said the electroshock therapy he was subjected to left him traumatized. Chinese search behemoth Baidu, which accepted online ads promoting “cures for homosexuality” by the counseling center and other similar clinics, was also named as a defendant in the case.
The activist, Yangzi Peng, later opened up about his controversial lawsuit against Baidu and the gay conversion clinic in an Al Jazeera documentary.